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Pedagogy can oil the wheels of vocational education

The Sainsbury review is welcome, but we must go much further to truly meet learners’ needs

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The recent Sainsbury review, suggesting ways of improving technical education, and the subsequent Post-16 Skills Plan, pack some good punches. UK productivity is lagging behind that of its competitors and Lord Sainsbury suggests some changes to the system that could improve matters. Making the technical route coherent by restating the twin employment and college-based routes makes sense. Decluttering the current landscape of qualifications to a sensible number of 15 core occupational areas is long overdue.

The idea of a common core of experiences aligned to apprenticeships at the start of any ...

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